NetApps acquires Spinnaker Networks

Network Appliance is acquiring Spinnaker for US$300 million in stock. Through the deal, NetApps will add Spinnaker's technologies to its own software offerings, thus boosting its ability to compete in the storage software space.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  December 10, 2003

Network Appliance is in the process of acquiring Spinnaker Networks for approximately US$300 million in stock. Through the deal, NetApps will add Spinnaker's scalable system architectures, distributed file systems, clustering and virtualisation technologies to its own software offerings, thus boosting its ability to compete in the increasingly crowded storage software space.

Furthermore, the acquisition will accelerate the delivery of Network Appliance's storage grid architecture, which is designed to provide users with simple capacity scalability, greater availability and enhanced performance across both storage area network (SAN) and network attached storage (NAS) environments. It also enables tighter application integration with database and enterprise applications, thereby improving data protection and unified management.

"Today's business demands fast, reliable, secure access to data and robust new approaches for information lifecycle management," says Dan Warmenhoven, CEO of Network Appliance.

"The combination of NetApp unified storage and software solutions with advanced distributed systems architectures from Spinnaker further accelerates the shift to networked storage and speeds our ability to deliver powerful new storage grids as the foundation for data infrastructures of the future," he explains.

Initially, Network Appliance intends to run the two software platforms separately, with the Spinnaker platform targeting high-performance Linux cluster environments. Meanwhile, Network Appliance's developers will work on a common code base that will integrate the disparate operating systems.

Concurrently, NetApps will leverage Spinnaker's expertise in AFS (Andrew File System), distributed file systems and global name space and distributed management tools to provide storage solutions for globally distributed data environments.

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